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The Middle Temple Murder by [Fletcher, J. S. (Joseph Smith)]
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About the Author

Joseph Smith Fletcher (7 February 1863 – 30 January 1935) was a British journalist and author. He wrote more than 230 books on a wide variety of subjects, both fiction and non-fiction. He was one of the leading writers of detective fiction in the "Golden Age". Fletcher was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, the son of a clergyman. He was educated at Silcoates School in Wakefield. After some study of law, he became a journalist. His first books published were poetry. He then moved on to write numerous works of historical fiction and history, many dealing with Yorkshire, which led to his selection as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 1914 he wrote his first detective novel and went on to write more than a hundred, many featuring the private investigator Ronald Camberwell. He was married to the Irish writer Rosamond Langbridge, with whom he had one son.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1515298876
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UK12E4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,239 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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A very enjoyable novel which I chose purely by chance from Amazon's range of free Kindle editions.
It is set in and around Middle Temple in 1912 and starts with the discovery of a recently-killed body in Middle Temple Lane. By chance journalist Frank Spargo, the novel's main protagonist, happens upon the scene almost immediately after the body is discovered, and accompanies Detective Sergeant Rathbury throughout his early investigations. There is no indication as to the identity of the corpse, whose pockets are completely empty apart from a scrap of paper bearing the names and chambers address of an aspiring young barrister. An intriguing investigations ensues, embroiling a prominent M.P., two renowned philatelists and the leading burghers of a small West Country market town.
As might be expected of a novel written in 1919 there is very little emphasis on graphic violence, and everything is conducted with an almost eerie courtesy.
Similarly, although Spargo writes for a sensationalist newspaper, The Watchman, he is trusted without qualification by the police and allowed access to the mortuary and to every stage of the investigative process.
Very eloquently written and thoroughly engrossing - I am surprised that the name of Joseph Smith Fletcher has fallen into such obscurity.
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The plot,as usual for Fletcher, relies on a series of rather unlikely coincidences, but again as usual for the author the combination of pace and twists rushes the reader past the improbabilities and the unresolved red herrings.
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London 1912 and in the early hours of the morning, a newspaperman is walking home from his Fleet Street office when he spots 2 familiar policemen who are examining the body of a man fouhd dead in an alleyway carrying no documents of identification. Frank Spargo feels there is more to this story than meets the eye and is determined to mount his own investigation as part of the story he intends to write. His journey takes him back some 20 years and uncovers some shady dealings, changes of identification, innocent people serving time before the full story is revealed at the very end.

Written in 1919, the language is somewhat dated and includes words long since lost to the English language but the storyline is worthy of any modern detective plot. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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An intriguing book, with many plot twists to keep your interest. Although the language and some of the references used by the characters is somewhat obscure, the overall story is simple enough to follow. The book in itself is captivating, although the number of different characters, and their name changes, can make the story a little incoherent. In addition, the ending, and climax to the story, is too short. However, overall, the book is definitely worth reading if you like murder mysteries, especially as it is free.
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A man found dead at the centre of English law. A newspaper man is on the scene. He follows all the clues to the killer, before the police, finds a girl on the way. A Good yarn.
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An accidental but happy discovery. A contemporary of Conan Doyle, Fletcher demonstrates that there were enjoyable alternatives to the Baker St. sleuth to be had. An intricately plotted story with interesting characters that still stands up well. I've now bought the omnibus edition of his books.
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No nonsense - straight to it murder mystery. The plot moves along at a hefty pace with very sparce descriptive writing. I particularly loved this book as I work in Inner Temple and know Middle Temple Lane and the area very well. Nothing much seems to have changed.

I particulary enjoyed the unusual surnames and the olde worlde civilities. I also learned a number of new words e.g. "obverse". Great stuff.

The story line was a little contrived and the characters thinly drawn but there was quite some atmospheric writing which was not overdone - such as the scene in the Yorkshire pub (quaint and moody) and the travellers journey over the moor lands in the dead of night.

The book ended quite suddenly as the murderer was revealed abruptly - it was as if the author had run out of words and needed to get it over with.

But I enjoyed the book and will read more of this author.
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The Middle Temple Murder started off a bit like a Sherlock Holmes story but ended up more like John Buchan. It is a mystery full of intrigue with many twists and turns, and an exciting finale. It is very well written and highly recommendable.
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